Semester Nearly Ended

Semester Nearly Ended

I wish I could tell you that I was excited about the semester being nearly over, but honestly I’m not.  I have one last paper to write (an issue brief on suggested policy change for midwifery) and two exams, so the workload is not a big deal.  It is the clinical time that is overwhelming me.  I got a late start with both midwifery and family practice clinicals, which everyone says is no big deal because I can make up the missing time over the summer or with my “extra” semester.  But not really.

I want to apply to do an internship with a department of public health in maternal child health over the summer.  This would be a 12 week program, and will leave me a total of 2-4 weeks in Honduras and then classes begin again.  Not time to make up clinicals this summer.

My final semester will be all public heath classes, and I will have two days a week without classes (I think).  But I will also be finishing my amazing thesis, so I cannot plan to be at clinicals on my days off class.

Which leads me to the problem with this semester.  I’m at clinical every day I don’t have class, right through the break until classes start again.  I will get no break, no breathing room.  Quite frankly, I’m exhausted.

But clinical doesn’t have homework like classes do, and I won’t have to write papers.  And a very nice midwife explained that I can do a half-shift at the hospital if it works better for me, or to call in and see if anyone is on the board before I make the trip to sit around for five hours.  I know I can survive this!

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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